By Ella Morgan
Sep 09, 2019

Learning Te Reo Maori: Where to Start and What to Expect

Earlier this semester, Nexus reported on the increasing numbers of people learning te reo Māori in the Waikato region. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provides two thirds of all te reo Māori learning nationally. They currently have 7000 equivalent full-time students (EFTS) enrolled in their te reo Māori programmes throughout Aotearoa, 800 of which learn in the Waikato.

Jordan Davies, a University of Waikato student, is also learning te reo with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He was inspired to start learning in order to implement more te reo into his everyday
conversations. “It sounded like a cool opportunity and I am happy to be learning it this year,” Jordan says.

“The course I am taking offers heaps of different content. I have gained such a wide range of knowledge about te reo which is awesome. Although I am still learning, it has definitely helped
with my understanding of Te Ao Māori and what I witness in my daily life.”

For Jordan, his te reo learning has been useful both inside and outside of the classroom. “It’s choice to be able to listen to conversations and pick up on things you have been learning.”
And his advice for beginner te reo learners? “Enjoy what you are learning, and there is no rush. Anything you learn, big or small, is awesome.”

This September, you too can increase your knowledge of te reo Māori. Take up the Mahuru Māori challenge, where you can try speaking only te reo Māori for either a day, week or the entire month of Mahuru (September). If you’re a complete beginner, there are a number of options you can explore to start learning.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa - Tainui
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0800 355 553 // 07 849 8824

The University of Waikato currently offers introductory level undergraduate papers in te reo Māori, and is the only university in New Zealand to teach level 3 in undergraduate study. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa also has a number of no-fees te reo courses for all different levels of ability. A beginner te reo course is held at Fraser High School, with new registrations opening at
the start of each school term. So, what are you waiting for? Take up the challenge, learn a new skill and extend your te reo Māori knowledge.

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